About Us:
The "Home Page" of the
Aktion Club of Elmira, New York

The Aktion Club of Elmira is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Elmira NY. and is the first and, so far, only Aktion Club of the Southern Tier and Chemung County New York.

The mission of an Aktion Club is:

  • To provide adults with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative and leadership skills.

  • To serve their community.

  • To be integrated into society.

  • To demonstrate the dignity and value of citizens living with disabilities.

Aktion Club members strive to return to their communities the benefits, help, and caring they have received, as well as develop important skills in the process.

An Aktion Club can benefit its members in many ways through service and recreational events.

These activities enable the members to:

  • Participate in the active life of the community.

  • Provide an opportunity to contribute to the community.

  • Develop mechanical, creative, and intellectual abilities.

  • Social interaction awareness.

  • Improve self-esteem.

  • Develop leadership skills.

  • Achieve personal and service goals.

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The First Meetings:
Aktion Club of Elmira NY is a member of the Sponsored Organizations and Programs at Kiwanis International. Aktion Club is a community-service group for adult citizens who live with a disability. The Aktion Club of Elmira NY is based in the Chemung District of Kiwanis International and of the first in this district.

On April 18 2007, the first meeting of the Elmira Kiwanis opened to the public to invite them as potential members to the newly forming area Aktion Club. During the next few meetings, we discussed what the idea and mission of an Aktion Club could do for its members, and what the members could do for the organization as well. In June of 2007 we elected board members and initiated the process of creating by-laws. Then on our meeting of July 18 2007, we had everything we needed to complete our charting process and its paperwork.

The Web Site:
On July 3 2007 our first temporary web site was created by one of our charter members. He also is our webmaster and hosts the web site using his account on a major hosting company. At out July meeting we decided upon a domain name for our web site and then our webmaster ordered it from one of the best domain registry companies. This allowed us to have our web site up and running as AktionClub-Elmira.Org during the first week of August 2007. This site started as a one page web site, then a two page site when a photo page added to it. Now it is in its current form. This site is still under construction, and may/will have errors or spelling mistakes as it evolves. Our current webmaster has a "condition" called Dyslexia which makes these errors and mistakes harder to find.

The Chartering Dinner:
On October 11 2007 the Aktion Club of Elmira was officially chartered. By that date, we had about 40 charter members. We celebrated the completion of the charting process with a dinner at Hill Top Inn, where Mayor John S. Tonello declared that date to be known as Aktion Club of Elmira Day. Our celebration including members from Aktion Club of Elmira, Elmira Kiwanis, Sponsoring Agencies, plus some guests. The room was packed and we had a good time.

See the information from the Kiwanis Aktion Club International web site:  www.aktionclub.org  for more information about the goals of a local and/or regional Aktion Club.

Spread the Word to End the Word.  Stop the use of the R-Word by kids and adults alike.

Go to
http://r-word.org/  Pledge your Support to Eliminate the Demeaning use of the R-Word.

[quote from the web site]
The R-word is the word 'retard(ed)'. Why does it hurt? The R-word hurts because it is exclusive. Itís offensive. Itís derogatory. The R-word is hate speech. See why supporters think the R-Word is hurtful when used in jokes or as part of everyday speech.

The Aktion Club of Elmira has participated in the Memory Walk, now called the"Walk to End Alzheimer's", since the first walk at Eldridge Park in Elmira.

We now have a link to the online donation site for raising money for Alzheimer's.  All money raised in the community stays in the community.  So please, if you can, give some money to the cause.

We have a Charter Member in a nursing facility who has this illness.  The stats for the number of people who develop this illness is as follows:

[as told in a support meeting last year]

60-69 years old  - 30% . . . .
70-79 years old  - 40% . . . .
80+    years old  - 50% . . . .
                    of American has Alzheimer's

Help raise money to give the needed support to those families who has a member with Alzheimerís. 

This webmaster has receive free aide serviceso he would have help with the care of his wife, while she was still at home, who has this terrible illness.

These are the current logos for the Aktion Club International organization.

These are some of the previous logos for the Aktion Club International organization that has been designed over the years.